Update on roadworks around Temple Meads

Construction updates

Work on the Temple Gate scheme started on 26 June 2017 and is due to finish by Autumn 2018. Work has begun on the Friary to install a district heating main, and work is continuing on the new bus stop on Temple Gate. Work is also underway to create a new footpath outside Fowlers in Bath Road. Next week, we will be undertaking drainage work on Victoria Street, which will necessitate some changes to bus services.

New and updated restrictions and changes to access:

NEW: From 10pm on Sunday 14 January, Victoria Street will be closed inbound for at least three weeks. Buses that usually travel down Victoria Street from the Temple Circus Roundabout will be diverted as follows:

The recommended diversion route for other road users wanting to travel inbound on Victoria Street is shown on the below diagram:

NEW: From 22 January, there will no access from York Road onto the Bath Bridge roundabout for at least 6 weeks. This is to enable our works to be carried out on the junction with Bath Road. However, as various other works are taking place on York Road at the same time (cycle path improvements, drainage and utilities), the whole eastbound stretch of road will be shut. A recommended diversion is shown below:

The footway by Fowler’s on the Bath Bridge junction will reopen once these works commence.

UPDATED: Temple Street is now due to reopen when the drainage works on Victoria Street have been completed. Until it has reopened, access to the 100 Temple Street car park will be maintained via Canynge Street, and pedestrian and step-free access to the building will be maintained as usual. The parking bays on Victoria Street remain suspended.

Ongoing restrictions and changes to access:

 Work on the southbound bus stop (Tg) on Temple Gate, located between Station Approach and Cattle Market Road, is due to finish by the end of March 2018. The nearest bus stops for the affected bus services are shown on the map below. Please note that the 904 Brislington Park and Ride service will no longer stop outside Engine Shed (Te). Cattle Market Road will also remain closed during this time.

  • The Friary, from its junction with the roundabout to the turning into the Temple Quay car park, will now remain closed for the duration of the works programme. This will allow deep drainage works to be carried out and heat networks infrastructure to be installed. Access to the Temple Quay car park shall be maintained via Temple Back East. Please note that there will be no impact to the existing access to the Temple Meads Station car park, which is via the Temple Meads approach ramp, and exit from the same will be maintained via the Friary.
  • From 23 October for four months, the footpath around the edge of the Temple Circus gyratory (where the Friary meets Temple Gate) will be closed to enable carriageway widening works. Pedestrians will be diverted around the site.
  • Pedestrian diversions around the Brunel Mile, with some crossing facilities relocated. These are signposted on site.
  • Lane narrowing on Temple Way and Victoria Street narrowed to one lane when approaching and exiting the gyratory;
  • No vehicular access to the land between the Grosvenor Hotel and George & Railway buildings;
  • Closure of all cycle lanes through the area due to the reduced road space available during the works;
  • Closure of the south side of the Temple Circus roundabout to simplify traffic movements during the works. Traffic from the north will no longer be able to turn right into Victoria St from Temple Way and traffic exiting from the Friary will no longer be able to turn right onto Temple Way or straight on to Victoria Street.
  • Changes to lane restrictions on the roundabout (as far as possible two lanes of traffic will continue to run during peak hours).

Preparing for major signalling works at Bristol Temple Meads

The largest ever renewal of signalling equipment carried out by Network Rail is planned for Bristol Temple Meads over Easter 2018. This will help improve service reliability and prepare for a significant increase in rail services and a new post-2018 timetable.

The scale of the upgrade next Easter means a full five-day period of engineering works around the clock, between Friday 30 March (Good Friday) and the early hours of Wednesday 4 April. Trains will be diverted and replacement bus services set up. These are currently being planned and further details will be widely publicised soon.

A map of affected services can be found on the GWR website.

Staying informed

•       For full scheme information, visit www.bristoltemplequarter.com/gate

•       Plan your journey using www.travelwest.info and www.roadworks.org

•       If you have a query, please contact btqez@bristol.gov.uk in the first instance

•       In emergencies, please contact 07894788084 or templecircus@eurovia.co.uk

Best regards,

Temple Gate project team